We are pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2022, The Museum of Modern Art Archives, Library, and Research Collections (ALRC) will be reopened to researchers wishing to schedule onsite visits. The Archives reading room will be open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., by appointment. The Library reading room will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., also by appointment. We ask that you request appointments via the appropriate online form (Archives or Library).
Please note that Library materials must be requested through library.moma.org seven days in advance of your confirmed appointment in order to be available for consultation.
All visitors must adhere to the Museum’s entry policies.
When possible, we will address inquiries that can be answered remotely. You may submit queries via our online form; allow up to 10 business days for a response. You may find this compilation of online resources useful for your research.
The Museum of Modern Art Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The noncirculating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present (from 1830 for photography). The Library’s holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups.
MoMA’s Library Catalog includes records for all material in the Library, including books, periodical titles, exhibition catalogues, pamphlet files, artists’ books, special collections materials, and electronic resources. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives, a separate department. The Library is a founding member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).